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SAT 10th June 2017, 12:30pm

The Palace Korean Restaurant

183-185 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BH 

Kwon, June Hee (2015) THE WORK OF WAITING: Love and Money in Korean Chinese Transnational Migration

Lee, Byoungha, Jun Young Choi and Jungmin Seo (2014) Korean–Chinese Migrant Workers and the Politics of Korean Nationalism

With a help of upcoming exhibition members, I ran a reading group with two papers above to give people a broad idea of Joseonjok people and their socio-political status around New Malden, UK.

This event was open to all UAL students, UAL staff, alumni, artists and researchers who are interested in this exhibition.  Boram, who is a curator of this exhibition invited people from various institutions, such as Goldsmiths University of London, Slade UCL, and also people from non-academic field. Moreover,  it was interesting to have Chinese students, where it became an opportunity to know what Chinese people think of Joseonjok.

It was meaningful in that the reading group was held in the Korean restaurant in New Malden owned by Joseonjok people. After looking through the texts, we experienced foods that was cooked by Joseonjok. Even though the foods were very altered in South Korean style, (believing Joseonjok foods have something unique, none the else sharing lot  in common with South Korean foods), the foods opened up interesting memories that they have on Korean foods. 

Collaborative Proposal: Taste of Joseonjok

I suggest to trace Joseonjok’s hidden marks (especially their food) in New Malden. As some might know, realistically, it would be hard to meet and interview Joseonjok people in short time. Yet, it doesn’t mean we can’t investigate them. Through third people, including South Koreans, Chinese, even British and Joseonjok (if there is chance) who live in New Malden, we could get indirect yet more objective facts about Joseonjok people living in UK. Gathering information through interviews and written researches, each of artists could make creative work or make a collaborative project together.


‘Tracing Joseonjok’s food in UK’

Through interviews with Joseonjok interviewees, I realised that when Joseonjok people first came to UK, they had to spend many hours to ‘cook like South Koreans’, to have a job at Korean restaurants. Treated as if Joseonjok foods are cooked in a ‘wrong’ way, and regarded as ‘unsavory’ from their South Korean employers.

Using ‘local (near New Malden London) ingredients’, I would like to make a Joseonjok food that tastes most likely as home-food. They vividly do have food that is not Korean, but not Chinese. However, mostly working for Koreans in the UK, they don’t get a chance to cook their own food but in Korean style. However, once again, it is not about which is better or not, but the preference of tastes due to majority of people. The whole process such as the process of finding similar ingredients in UK (we might have to gather herbs from the parks), the actual cooking activity, reflection on Joseonjok for similarity, etc., could all become an artwork as whole, achieving and documenting through artists’ own way.



May Interview: Gather information from Joseonjok 

ex) What was/is their daily food in China?

What would be the major difference between Chinese/ Korean/ Joseonjok food?

Any suggestions for us to make using local ingredients?


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June Cooking and reflection

With gathered information, I suggest to select one or two dishes. (from my research so far, Mandu ‘dimpling’  can be a good option)

Experiment actual cookings.

Receive feedbacks from Joseonjok.

July Selling our foods at Korean Restaurants in New Malden

August Opening Reception 

As a ‘performance’, we could serve the foods we made at the opening reception.


Through the process, each of artists could also make their individual works, such as, drawings, video works, sound works, paintings, photographies etc.


Exhibition Proposal: Map different me



As an artist-cartographer, my practice-based research aims to deconstruct the notion of territorial borders by drawing ‘new maps’. Through studying Critical Cartography, I consider the border as a form of social activity, political action and cultural production, which helps me to envisage the making of ‘new maps’. Map-drawings examine how particular social, political and cultural movements can be referenced in order to analyse and understand the existing borders on a map, and how such movements have implications for cartographic practice. It is to re-examine the role of drawing in maps as an analytical/creative language in order to test out and develop mapmaking.


In this exhibition, I would like to show my PhD research outcome, ‘Map Different Me’ series.

Considering drawing especially in terms of mapping, which is explored here through engagement with the Joseonjok people in New Malden, London, currently, I am running a map-drawing project on Joseonjok, which I named the project ‘Map Different Me’. Joseonjok are ethnic group who can be seen as border-crosser, are originally Korean but politically Chinese; an ethnic group mostly living in the northeastern provinces of China. Northeast China and North Korea are therefore shared by the same diaspora ethnicity, regardless of political border. Due to short working spaces in their homeland, many of them leave their families behind and choose to live abroad working for Koreans. It is mainly because they can only speak Korean language. Those who reside in London are normally based in Wimbledon and New Malden, where many Koreans live in London. Seen as a collaborative and site-specific work with Joseonjok immigrants, the inclusion of of Joseonjok in London reflects the need for a map that asks not just where they are but where do they fit in the London landscape. It is a life-map that shows their journeys that the ‘ordinary’ map cannot integrate. Consequently, my drawings reflect upon site-specific and ethnographic research amongst Joseonjok and their surroundings such as socio-economical, political and physical status in Greater London.

Within this context, the project assumes that drawing is always process-led, and that this allows for ways of seeing and understanding that can be incorporated into the practice of critical cartography. It thus aims to explore the relationship between drawing as a process-led practice and critical cartography and, by so doing, investigates how critical cartography makes use of drawing to collect, represent and reinterpret findings. Locating this research within an interdisciplinary framework, these ideas are designed to reflect upon the potential of drawing in bringing together the disciplines of critical cartography and creative drawing practice in this research, thereby re-imagining drawing as a discipline that can contribute new knowledge by embodying the theoretical and methodological approaches of both disciplines.